Wednesday 18 July 2012

Nominations have begun to roll in for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s historic 25th anniversary Human Rights Awards.

Commission President Catherine Branson QC said this year’s awards were a high point for everyone concerned with the protection and promotion of human rights in Australia.

“It is both heartening and inspiring to think that for a quarter of a century we’ve been able to acknowledge these people whose collective efforts have produced change that has benefited us all in one way or another,” Ms Branson said.

“I’d encourage everyone who knows of someone who has really worked hard and consistently to promote human rights in Australia to nominate that person, organisation or business now.”

Some of Australia’s leading thinkers, advocates and leaders have received the prestigious Human Rights Medal over the past 25 years including Associate Professor Fred Hollows AC (1990), Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG (1991), Dr Faith Bandler AM (1997), Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH (2000), Phillip Adams AO and Father Chris Riley AM (2006), Thérèse Rein (2010) and the Hon. Ron Merkel QC (2011).

Nominations are being called for each of the 10 categories including the Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Human Rights Medal and specific categories such as the Business Award, Community Organisation Award and the Law Award among others.

Nomination forms and details of each Award category are now live at

The 25th Human Rights Awards are being held at the Hilton Sydney on Monday 10 December 2012.

Tickets to the Awards are now on sale and include a two course luncheon, drinks, entertainment and the chance to learn about amazing efforts being made around the country to protect and promote human rights. Tickets prices (inclusive of GST) are $150 for a standard ticket, $90 for a community (non-government/community organisation) ticket or $60 for concession card holders.

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